John of Salisbury and the medieval Roman renaissance

By Irene O'Daly

John of Salisbury and the medieval Roman renaissance


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0949-1
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: January 2018
  • BIC Category: History, Medieval History, European history: medieval period, middle ages, European history, CE period up to c 1500, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, HISTORY / Medieval, Medieval philosophy, History & Archaeology, PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Medieval, Humanities / British & Irish history, Western Philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, C 500 To C 1600, Humanities / Medieval history
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Studies


This book is a detailed but accessible treatment of the political thought of John of Salisbury, a twelfth-century author and educationalist who rose from a modest background to become Bishop of Chartres. It shows how aspects of John's thought - such as his views on political cooperation and virtuous rulership - were inspired by the writings of Roman philosophers, notably Cicero and Seneca. Investigating how John accessed and adapted the classics, the book argues that he developed a hybrid political philosophy by taking elements from Roman Stoic sources and combining them with insights from patristic writings. By situating his ideas in their political and intellectual context, it offers a reassessment of John's political thought, as well as a case study in classical reception of relevance to students and scholars of political philosophy and the history of ideas.


Irene O'Daly is a Researcher at Huygens ING (De Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen), Amsterdam


1 The Roman inheritance
2 Nature and reason
3 Defining duties: The cooperative model of the polity
4 Political relationships in context: The body politic
5 Moderation and the virtuous life
6 The princely head

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